No Opportunity Wasted | Episode 1: Sharks

The show is about living each day as if it’s your last.

On tonight’s episode 3 people terrified of sharks get the chance to face their fear and dive in shark-infested waters in Fiji.

Chrissy Pritchard, 32 years old, is obsessed about being attacked by a shark and it’s stopping her going into the sea. A car accident left her with a brain clot so she can’t dive but will snorkel instead. She has a fear of what’s under the water.

Jenny McDowell a University student from Dunedin, was once attacked by a shark and, obviously has a fear of them. When Jenny was 13, she went swimming in Invercargill and got attacked by a shark. She needed 60 stitches in her arm and several surgeries. She hasn’t been swimming since.

Paul Morris, dad of three, was hunted for 45 minutes by a great white shark once while kayaking and has a fear of sharks since. Paul says in January 2005 he was at the beach in Northland. He went out kayaking to fish. He saw a shark turn around and the great white rammed his kayak again and again. Paul rode as fast as he could back to shore. Since then, Paul’s developed a stutter. Read his story in full here »

Over the next 72 hours they have different time targets before jumping into the ocean with dozens of wild sharks.

The first time target is going diving in 24 hours is doing an open water dive. They head along to Dive HQ in Auckland first for a swim in the pool. Professional psychologist Dr John Aitken (Kelly Swanson-Roe’s partner) comes in to talk with them.

After they arrive in Fiji, they’re all pretty fearful. They’re in a boat watching the sharks being fed little fish.

All three will face their demons up close. Phil encourages them and after many attempts, they get into the water with Phil and go down diving and get some training.

The trio head to one of the Fijian islands to meet some locals and a feast. It’s dark when they head back by boat and discover their next time target is to go for a night swim. Eventually, the three get in for a swim. (Hehe Paul jokes at how white Phil looks in the water.)

The final step: diving into the water with sharks. They all complete the challenge (and there’s tonnes of sharks) and are estatic.

Next week: three strangers go bungy jumping.

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  • Aaron H

    John Aitken is atrocious! He cashes in on almost everything….as well as his wife’s previous marriage disaster! Go back to your clinic… your advice on TV is real nonsense, meaningless piffle and doesn’t leave me with a sense you know anything.

  • Jane H

    Gotta say John is pretty bad. Why does he get on TV. What he says is lame…….Soz john I think you should get of the screen and go back to Uni so that you have some useful stuff to say!

  • Kimiora

    Johnny Aiken is really bad. His advice on GoodMorning TV is real nonsense. Why does he get the work? Is it nepotism cos his partner is a media darling? Go back to ya clinic Mr Aiken……’orrible stuff.

  • tui bendell

    JOHN AIKEN IS NOT GOOD HIS ADVICE IS LAME AND I HAVE TRIED TO COMMENT ON HIS INPUT ON THE gOOD mORNING SHOW BUT THEIR COMMENTS BOARD IS SO BIASED. THEY ONLY POST THE GOOD COMMENTS. JOHNNY AIKEN SUX BIG TIME. TOTAL LOSS OF CRED JOHN AIKEN BLAH BLAH BLAH